Meteorologyair in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any velocity along the earth's surface:A gentle wind blew through the valley. High winds were forecast.
Meteorologya gale; storm; hurricane.
any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows or fan.
Music and Danceair that is blown or forced to produce a musical sound in singing or playing an instrument.
Music and DanceSee wind instrument.
Music and Dancewind instruments collectively.
Music and Dancethe winds, the members of an orchestra or band who play the wind instruments.
breath or breathing:to catch one's wind.
the power of breathing freely, as during continued exertion.
any influential force or trend:strong winds of public opinion.
a hint or intimation:to catch wind of a stock split.
air carrying an animal's odor or scent.
AstronomySee solar wind.
empty talk; mere words.
gas generated in the stomach and intestines.
Sport[Boxing Slang.]the pit of the stomach where a blow may cause a temporary shortness of breath; solar plexus.
Geographyany direction of the compass.
a state of unconcern, recklessness, or abandon:to throw all caution to the winds.
between wind and water:
Nautical(of a ship) at or near the water line.
in a vulnerable or precarious spot:In her profession one is always between wind and water.
break wind, to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus.
how the wind blows or lies, what the tendency or probability is:Try to find out how the wind blows.Also, which way the wind blows.
Nauticalin the teeth of the wind, sailing directly into the wind; against the wind. Also, in the eye of the wind, in the wind's eye.
in the wind, about to occur; imminent; impending:There's good news in the wind.
off the wind:
away from the wind; with the wind at one's back.
Nautical(of a sailing vessel) headed into the wind with sails shaking or aback.
Naval Termson the wind, as close as possible to the wind. Also, on a wind.
sail close to the wind:
NauticalAlso, sail close on a wind. to sail as nearly as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
to practice economy in the management of one's affairs.
to verge on a breach of propriety or decency.
to escape (punishment, detection, etc.) by a narrow margin; take a risk.
take the wind out of one's sails, to surprise someone, esp. with unpleasant news; stun; shock; flabbergast:She took the wind out of his sails when she announced she was marrying someone else.
to expose to wind or air.
to follow by the scent.
to make short of wind or breath, as by vigorous exercise.
to let recover breath, as by resting after exertion.
to catch the scent or odor of game.
bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal), Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Wind, Old Norse vindr, Gothic winds, Latin ventus
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedWind,air,zephyr,breeze,blast,gust refer to a quantity of air set in motion naturally. Wind applies to any such air in motion, blowing with whatever degree of gentleness or violence. Air, usually poetical, applies to a very gentle motion of the air. Zephyr, also poetical, refers to an air characterized by its soft, mild quality. A breeze is usually a cool, light wind. Blast and gust apply to quick, forceful winds of short duration; blast implies a violent rush of air, often a cold one, whereas a gust is little more than a flurry.
16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flatulence.
wind2(wīnd),USA pronunciationv.,wound or (Rare) wind•ed(wīnd),USA pronunciationwind•ing; n. v.i.
to change direction; bend; turn; take a frequently bending course; meander:The river winds through the forest.
to have a circular or spiral course or direction.
to coil or twine about something:The ivy winds around the house.
to proceed circuitously or indirectly.
to undergo winding or winding up.
to be twisted or warped, as a board.
to encircle or wreathe, as with something twined, wrapped, or placed about.
to roll or coil (thread, string, etc.) into a ball, on a spool, or the like (often fol. by up).
to remove or take off by unwinding (usually fol. by off or from):She wound the thread off the bobbin.
to twine, fold, wrap, or place about something.
to make (a mechanism) operational by tightening the mainspring with a key (often fol. by up):to wind a clock; to wind up a toy.
to haul or hoist by means of a winch, windlass, or the like (often fol. by up).
to make (one's or its way) in a bending or curving course:The stream winds its way through the woods.
to make (one's or its way) by indirect, stealthy, or devious procedure:to wind one's way into another's confidence.
to lessen in intensity so as to bring or come to a gradual end:The war is winding down.
to calm down; relax:He's too excited tonight to wind down and sleep.
to bring to a state of great tension; excite (usually used in the past participle):He was all wound up before the game.
to bring or come to an end; conclude:to wind up a sales campaign.
to settle or arrange in order to conclude:to wind up one's affairs.
to become ultimately:to wind up as a country schoolteacher.
Sport[Baseball.](of a pitcher) to execute a windup.
the act of winding.
a single turn, twist, or bend of something wound:If you give it another wind, you'll break the mainspring.
a twist producing an uneven surface.
out of wind, (of boards, plasterwork, etc.) flat and true.
bef. 900; Middle English winden, Old English windan; cognate with Dutch, German winden, Old Norse vinda, Gothic -windan; akin to wend,wander
wind3(wīnd, wind),USA pronunciationv.t.,wind•ed or wound, wind•ing.
to blow (a horn, a blast, etc.).
to sound by blowing.
to signal or direct by blasts of the horn or the like.
1375–1425; late Middle English; special use of wind1
the air on which the scent of an animal is carried to hounds or on which the scent of a hunter is carried to his quarry
between wind and water ⇒ the part of a vessel's hull below the water line that is exposed by rolling or by wave action
any point particularly susceptible to attack or injury
break wind ⇒ to release intestinal gas through the anus
get the wind up, have the wind up ⇒ informalto become frightened
have in the wind ⇒ to be in the act of following (quarry) by scent
how the wind blows, how the wind lies, which way the wind blows, which way the wind lies ⇒ what appears probable
in the wind ⇒ about to happen
three sheets in the wind ⇒ informalintoxicated; drunk
in the teeth of the wind, in the eye of the wind ⇒ directly into the wind
into the wind ⇒ against the wind or upwind
off the wind ⇒ away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
on the wind ⇒ as near as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
put the wind up ⇒ informalto frighten or alarm
raise the wind ⇒ Britinformalto obtain the necessary funds
sail close to the wind, sail near to the wind ⇒ to come near the limits of danger or indecency
to live frugally or manage one's affairs economically
take the wind out of someone's sails ⇒ to destroy someone's advantage; disconcert or deflate
to cause (someone) to be short of breath: the blow winded him
to detect the scent of
to pursue (quarry) by following its scent
to cause (a baby) to bring up wind after feeding by patting or rubbing on the back
to expose to air, as in drying, ventilating, etc
Etymology: Old English wind; related to Old High German wint, Old Norse vindr, Gothic winds, Latin ventus
wind/waɪnd/vb (winds, winding, wound)
often followed byaround, about, or upon: to turn or coil (string, cotton, etc) around some object or point or (of string, etc) to be turned etc, around some object or point: he wound a scarf around his head
(transitive) to twine, cover, or wreathe by or as if by coiling, wrapping, etc; encircle: we wound the body in a shroud
(transitive) often followed byup: to tighten the spring of (a clockwork mechanism)
(transitive) followed byoff: to remove by uncoiling or unwinding
(usually intr) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course: the river winds through the hills
(transitive) to introduce indirectly or deviously: he is winding his own opinions into the report
(transitive) to cause to twist or revolve: he wound the handle
(tr; usually followed by up or down) to move by cranking: please wind up the window
a single turn, bend, etc: a wind in the river
Also called:windinga twist in a board or plank
See alsowind down, wind upEtymology: Old English windan; related to Old Norse vinda, Old High German wintan (German winden)
wind/waɪnd/vb (winds, winding, winded, wound)
(transitive) poeticto blow (a note or signal) on (a horn, bugle, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: special use of wind1
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